June 6th, 2008
Thom Yorke had been tinkering with the plaintive new solo piano song “Super Collider” at soundchecks, but Radiohead finally unveiled it live in June. A midtempo ballad etched in major-chord piano arpeggios – with one gasping shift to the minor around the 1:20 mark – it features a vocal melody that recalls “Everything in Its Right Place.” What exactly Yorke is on about is anybody’s guess. (“Super Collider/Falling to dust/. . . Lonely as rust,” he sings. We think.) But without the usual sonic ornamentation, he sounds unprecedentedly naked: just another Englishman tickling the ivories.
This story is from the July 10th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.